Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

DPW name change approved

A bill to rename the state Department of Public Welfare as the Department of Human Services won final approval
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Norristown revokes ordinance that punished victims of domestic abuse

Norristown agreed to revoke an ordinance that sought to evict a woman for calling the police in several domestic violence disputes.
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Bill Would Give Public Housing Preference to Homeless Veterans

There are 1,500 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania at any given time, according to Senator Vince Hughes
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Housing Data Fact Sheets by County

Housing data fact sheets, organized alphabetically by county

A new look at homelessness

Homelessness issues are expanding beyond traditional preconceptions.
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PA Neighborhood Assistance Program Spared from Budget Cuts

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania announced earlier this month that the program will be spared from budget cuts, but an expansion of the program now seems unlikely.

Michelle Obama: Veteran homelessness should ‘horrify’ US

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday decried the fact that tens of thousands of American military veterans are homeless.
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